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UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted a regional consultation for high-level political and Central Bank representatives, NGOs, civil society, and the private sector to discuss: financing the post-2015 development agenda; Africa's progress since the Monterrey Consensus; climate financing; international private financial flows; international public finance and sovereign debt; trade, partnerships, technology and innovation; systemic issues; and monitoring, data and follow up, among other issues. The results of the consultation will be included as part of a Common African Position for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG[viewed]

The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and these resources' importance in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNECE Consultation Considers Ways to Unlock Financing for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia held a regional consultation to discuss financing for development, with a focus on strategies and instruments in the UNECE region to promote resource mobilization for sustainable development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome will be included in a Chair's Summary, as an input to the intergovernmental negotiations ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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ILO High-level Segment Addresses UN Fit for Purpose, Decent Work for All[viewed]

Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, and Faruk Celik, Minister of Work and Social Security, Turkey, discussed the post-2015 development agenda and the Group of 20 (G20) priorities during a high-level segment of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Governing Body. The discussion addressed, inter alia: the importance of decent work for all; a UN fit for purpose; and next steps in implementing the post-2015 agenda.

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Civil Society Calls for Ambitious Targets and Indicators for SDG on Energy[viewed]

A policy brief representing the views of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs), companies and umbrella organizations outlines targets and indicators to support the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy. Produced by Practical Action, Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the brief calls for robust indicators and clear milestones.

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SDSN Releases Revised Report on Indicators, Monitoring for SDGs[viewed]

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released an updated draft report on ‘Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Launching a data revolution for the SDGs.' The draft incorporates conclusions and recommendations from a recent UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) meeting and Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, as well as recommendations from public consultations held in January 2015.

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IEA-sponsored Workshop Explores Sustainable Urban Energy Systems[viewed]

17 March 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Efficient District Heating and Cooling (DHC) Working Group have co-hosted a Sustainable Urban Energy Systems Workshop, focused on the creation of a more sustainable, flexible and integrated energy system.

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Commission Discusses Effects of Tax Avoidance on Poverty, Inequality[viewed]

Participants discussed reforms to address corporate tax avoidance, and its impact on poverty and inequality, at the inaugural meeting of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). A broad coalition of organizations initiated ICRICT, including Action Aid, Alliance-Sud, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Christian Aid, the Council for Global Unions, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Oxfam, Public Services International, Tax Justice Network and the World Council of Churches.

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UNCCD Secretariat Evaluates the Effectiveness of NAPs in Advance of CRIC 13[viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published an evaluation report on the effectiveness of national action programmes (NAPs) as tools for policy change, based on the premise that “a virtuous circle” exists between the dual roles of NAPs as both a practical framework for action and a driver of political action. The evaluation stresses that this circle has in fact broken down, and focuses on the political dimensions related to this, i.e., obstacles to desertification and land degradation and drought being addressed at the national level.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day[viewed]

On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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